Cory ChaconNew York, New York, United States
Hospitality is one of a few industries that spans across several fields. Each day I pursue my personal interests in international business, the media, design, food, beverage and architecture. My work provides a stimulating environment encompassing all of these elements on a daily basis.
I am the international sales coordinator for San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. I have worked for Kimpton since 2007. Kimpton was the first to bring the boutique hotel concept to the U.S. and is well known for the comfortable and playful way we make travelers feel welcome. The company operates more than 50 hotels and restaurants in 23 cities.
Here’s just a bit of what we can cover in our PivotPlanet session(s):
• A general overview of the hospitality industry, in the U.S. and overseas
• How to set yourself up for growth opportunities
• How to develop and cultivate your own network of contacts
• What kind of calculated risks are worth taking
• And anything else you want to ask about the profession I love
My job is to support our international and corporate sales managers and to work with hotel operations to ensure our guests make the most of their stay with us.
Prior to working in hospitality I worked in the music industry. I spent a lot of time traveling the planet promoting popular artists. All those years traveling helped me understand what people are looking for in a hotel when traveling for vacation or business. I am proud of the expertise I gained being an international business traveler. It was incredibly gratifying to work in foreign countries and live in new cultures. I carry this knowledge with me today.
I made many friends and connections in those years and when I was laid off mid-career, I was able to land a job within six weeks because of those relationships and my reputation.
I would like to think my work is compatible with my lifestyle, not the creator of my lifestyle as it was in my previous vocation.